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Can You Be Friends With Your Ex? Angelica Panganiban And Carlo Aquino Prove It's Possible


For many, healing and moving on from a heartbreak can be a daunting and almost impossible feat. But ex-couple Angelica Panganiban and Carlo Aquino might just have proven that there is a next chapter to a failed relationship.

Last weekend, Angelica was present at the launch of Beau Ang's Para Kay Ex, a book she wrote the foreword for. In the middle of her conversation with the reporters, Angelica was surprised when Carlo walked in and gave her a bouquet of roses. He joked that he came to the book launch to represent all the men who broke her heart.

Carlo's visit to the book launch came as a welcome surprise to many Carlo-Angelica fans who have been roooting for the two to get back together again. In the past weeks, these two have been making headlines after he posted a cryptic message on Twitter that read, "Matalik na kaibigan, maaari ba kitang maging matalik na pagibig."



Many fans replied to the tweet, wishing that Carlo was addressing it to Angelica, his former girlfriend of six years. People established a connection between the tweet and Angelica after she called Carlo her best friend in an episode of Gandang Gabi Vice, saying, "Matalik kong kaibigan 'yan (si Carlo). 'Yung maganda sa amin, naging magkaibigan kami after, eh. Kasi nagsimula siguro siya sa friendship, naging magkaibigan kami ng mahabang mahabang (panahon). Sabay kaming lumaki, eh." Angelica even revealed during that episode that Carlo still invites her out to dinner. The episode aired last January 21, and Carlo's tweet was on January 24. 

A month after Carlo's tweet, fans were hyped up again when Carlo sent a bouquet of white roses to Angelica for Valentine's Day. In return, Angelica gave him a copy of Para Kay Ex, with a short personal message handwritten inside.



Indeed, Carlo and Angelica have proven friendship is possible after a failed romance. As Angelica wrote in her foreword, "Time heals all heartaches." Now, what begs to be asked next is whether friendship is all that's written in the next chapter of their lives. Could it be something more?

Right now, it seems that Carlo is looking to heal a broken heart. The question is, is it Angelica's heart that he hopes to save from further gloominess (lamlam)?



Angelica has gone through a number of painful heartbreaks, and at the end of the day, according to her, "Gusto kong maraming tao ang ma-touch na hindi porke't nag-a-artista kami, nasa likod kami ng camera, ay iba na 'yung takbo ng buhay namin. Pare-parehas tayo ng pinagdadaanan. P'wedeng masaktan, maloko, at madapa. Pero pare-parehas din tayo na dapat ingatan ang sarili, at kailangan tumayo tayo at lumaban."

A snippet from her foreword reads: "Sa pagtatapos, merong bagong simula. At hindi ibig sabihin nu'n na bagong relasyon agad-agad...Kung ano man ang estado ng puso mo ngayon, wasak, durog, kalahati, o buo, kapit lang, 'teh! Ang heart ay muscle, at gaya ng lahat ng nada-damage na muscle, it can repair itself."




Para Kay Ex is published by ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc. and is now exclusively available in National Book Store for P195.


Photos by Allan Sancon